Big kid egg hunt raises money for Johnston High School Student Council


There was a unique and unusual pre-holiday happening last Thursday inside Mayor Joseph Polisena Stadium in Johnston.

First, dozens of Johnston High School students paid $1 — a big buck as someone suggested — to sit in the bleachers to watch another pack of Panthers who paid $2 to race all over the artificial surface to collect eggs.

Once assembled, Student Council President Rebecca Clements blew a whistle and the hunt was on.


It was all part of the JHS Personalization Period designed for students to make up missed work, catch up on material from their classes, work on their vision of a graduate portfolio, or as in the day’s case, participate in a social event called the inaugural 2022 Easter Egg Hunt.

“This was another great event for students,” offered Bob Deming, popular JHS custodian/stadium groundskeeper who watched the entire event. “The students are always looking for fun ways to establish new traditions.”

On the night prior to the Easter Egg Hunt, Clements, SC Vice President Charlie Curci and Faculty Advisor Greg Russo — with valuable assistance from custodian Anthony Fellela — placed colored plastic eggs all over the field surface and in total darkness for the fun-filled Easter Egg Hunt.

Thus, after Clements signaled for the start, students who paid two bucks to collect as many eggs as possible scooted all over the field in hopes of collecting as many eggs as possible, simply because each of the 200 eggs contained cash prizes ranging from $1 to $20 while others had small paper notes for a variety of gift cards that ranged in value from $5 to $25 for everything from chocolate bunnies to what Russo called “certificates to restaurants and a number of local stores were among the day’s donors.”

Makayla Scuncio was all smiles when she opened one of her eggs and learned she won $2 in cash and a $10 gift card to Panera Bread.

Meanwhile, Isabella Mejia, a JHS sophomore, won a $5 gift card to Starbucks, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Bunnies along with a bag of famed Ghirardelli chocolates.

It was yet another excellent example of the local business community showing its on-going support for JHS student programs and projects.

Likewise, while Russo again helped organize the unique Easer Egg Hunt, Vice Principal Brian Bordieri — who joined the JHS administration earlier this year — served as a starter for the two groups of students who raced onto the field armed with all sorts of bags and in some cases even used their clothing to store their egg collection.

All proceeds from the hunt will help fund further Student Council events.


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